Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

Franciscan Sisters Of Christian Charity

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

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The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are a congregation of Roman Catholic apostolic religious women. The congregation was founded in 1869 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee later changed to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. They follow St. Francis of Assisi’s Gospel way of life and declared their aspiration to live the Gospel in simplicity, built on faith in a loving God, joyful acceptance of poverty, love for the Church and selfless dedication to the service of others.

History

Father Ambrose Oschwald arrived in 1854 in pioneer Manitowoc County with a community of men and women dedicated to Gospel living. On November 9, 1869 five women were received and began living the Third Order Rule of the Order of St. Francis. This was done with the approval of Archbishop John Henni of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Reverend Father Franciscus Haas, the Provincial of the Capuchin Fathers in Wisconsin. Father Joseph Fessler, pastor of Manitowoc, was the investing priest.

In 1875, the Congregation of the Poor School Sisters of St. Francis from Gieboldehausen in the Diocese of Hildesheim in Germany amalgamated with the American Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Manitowoc. This Community of Sisters had been established in 1857 in Germany. Archbishop John Martin Henni suggested residence with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc County when Prince Otto......
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